Cannabis Review: Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Amping The Creativity

I found Gabriola (Frost Monster) a great cultivar to use during the daytime for expanding my creativity but some caution is advised.

 

Potency and Packaging

The potency on the container showed 22.1% THC and 0.05% CBD. This would be considered a high THC product. 

Package date was April 30 2019. This was purchased August 13 with my other Broken Coast products and was consumed August 31 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container: 108 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was a medical purchase off the Broken Coast Cannabis website. I paid $11.60 per gram plus tax, total being $13.11 per gram after tax since I live in Ontario. The retail price for this wasn’t available at the time of writing. There were no discounts given when ordering bulk, although I wouldn’t expect much on five grams of cannabis  

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Expect a sweet citrusy lemon smell with some earthy takes to it. The taste was very enjoyable in my vaporizer. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance. 

Frost Monster is frosty indeed. Heavily blanketed in trichomes with orange pistils. Applying some pressure to the flower resulted in no crumbling and bounced back to its original shape.

Consumption Methods

Using my vaporizer with the dried flower I found most of my sessions lasting between seven and eight minutes using temperatures in the range of 170 to 185 Celsius (338 to 365 Fahrenheit).

With the water adapter attached and using higher temperatures my sessions were slightly shorter. I found 190 to 195C (374 to 383F) to be optimal temperature and sessions lasting six to seven minutes before vapour quality diminished.

 

Effects

A slight heavy upper body feeling was noticed at first and then my joint pain began to fade away. Upbeat feelings and creativity increased. I was slightly dreamy but still mindful and able to capture some great thoughts. Dry mouth and an increase in hunger was obvious, have a drink or something to snack on hand. I usually do anyways so this didn’t bother me much. 

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes. Keep in mind effects are subjective and vary per individual.

 

Terpenes

Limonene was the dominant terpene with a value of 0.58. A nice variation of other terpenes are noted. Caryophyllene 0.29, Myrcene 0.20, b-Pinene 0.18, a-Pinene 0.16 and Terpineol 0.13

 

Recommendation

I would buy this again as I did enjoy this product but will keep it to special occasions as the price is fairly high. I found my experience comparable to a Sour Kush variety I had years ago. I wouldn’t use this continuously throughout the day since I found my acid reflux was acting up, I’ll use caution next time. I found this to be a common occurrence when the dominant terpene is limonene for some reason. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Stryker (Star Killer) by Broken Coast Cannabis.

Cannabis Review: Keats (White Walker Kush) by Broken Coast Cannabis

Far from weak, this is a heavy hitter

Taking another look at a Kush variety, White Walker Kush. Also known as Keats by the Broken Coast brand. This is my 27th among the Kush varieties out there. Like every Broken Coast product I’ve tried, none have required a humidity pack, something only a handful of other licensed producers can achieve.

 

Potency and Packaging

The potential THC was listed at 16.1%, many would say this is above average on the potency scale. While this may not be over 20% THC, I can assure you this isn’t weak by any means. 

Package dates were May 6 2019. This was purchased August 13 and was consumed August 17 2019. The days between packaging and opening the container: 104 days.

 

Price and Shipping

This was purchased on the Broken Coast medical website since I registered with them as one of my medical providers. I paid $11.08 per gram plus tax. There were no discounts given for ordering bulk and no compassion pricing program exist for medical patients. 

Shipping was free with Canada Post as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $5 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

A sweet citrus aroma was noticed and as odd as this will sound, apples and mint is how I would describe the smell.

When pressure was applied it felt like a sponge and showed the moisture content was perfect. There was no need for a humidity pack. Visually up close it looked like many of the trichomes were amber, however many opaque ones were visible throughout the golden looking flower.

Consumption Methods

I found each session lasted seven to nine minutes with the Mighty vaporizer at 180C (356F), which is a great temperature for boiling the terpenes involved and enjoying the flavour. I did go to 190C (374F) with zero issues. 

In joint form, I wasn’t a fan of it at all. While it did produce white ash, it didn’t burn that well when lit. Perhaps the moisture content was too great. I removed it from the container and left it alone for a few days to dry out a bit and was better.

 

Effects

It was easy to nap if I wanted to when I consumed amounts over 0.5 grams as the couch lock effect was strong. Lower amounts (0.25 grams) weren’t as sedating but definitely an end of day cultivar. Don’t expect to be working out at the gym with this one, I just wanted to relax and eat. Pain relief was great like most Kush varieties that I’ve tried. Duration of effects was around two hours.

 

Terpenes

Keats had a great complex terpene profile and consisted of the following. Myrcene 0.12, Caryophyllene 0.08, A-Pinene 0.07, Limonene 0.06, B-Pinene 0.04, Terpineol 0.02

 

Recommendation

This is a cultivar I would recommend to people who want to consume at night or before bed. Many would consider this a heavy hitter. If you’re new to cannabis proceed with caution as it might be too strong. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Gabriola (Frost Monster) by Broken Coast Cannabis.

GoFundMe – The State of the Flower

Hi I’m Shane the sole person running VapeTheBud.com and have been taking photos and reviewing cannabis for over five years on the Lift & Co review platform. As of July 2019 I started a website to make it easier for the community to read my reviews in more detail and adding quality photos.

As a medical cannabis patient the cost of cannabis per month has reduced my allowable monthly spend on other things that many consider a hobby. I recently purchased the Laowa macro lens as an early gift to myself and the community. This will be paid back over time to a long time friend as I believe the community deserves high quality content without ads. I do not make any money writing long form reviews on my website and haven’t monetized it.

I would like to buy a microscope that will take unimaginable photos of the flower rarely seen and would love to have an album full of these photos to show the magnification of the flowers in our regulated market.

Why?
Seeing trichomes extremely up close will show the colour of them and help determine if they were harvested too early, too late or just right! This affects the output in effects said by many, as dark amber trichomes may represent a late harvest and lead to stronger couch lock feelings.

I’m currently using a cheap Amazon product  to show the detail (640×480 resolution) and the quality is fairly poor compared to what I could capture . The cost is $363.99 + tax for the microscope  and $135.99 + tax for the Nikon camera adapter  (total cost $564.98 with taxes).

An example is provided below and my GoFundMe can be found (here).

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For those not aware I previously ran a GoFundMe for a camera and achieved that goal on Aug 22 2019. I ordered the NIKON D5300 DSLR camera which came with a 18-55mm lens and I purchased a variety of accessories (Kenko Extension tubes, Tripod – see attached receipts below – some info redacted for privacy).

Thank you to those that have donated and supported me so far. I didn’t expect to reach my previous goal so quickly. I also want to thank those that have shared my previous GoFundMe. To those that can’t donate due to financial or personal reasons, I understand we all have budgets and know you still support me. It means a lot having you support my work with inspiring words or even having a brief chat about cannabis. Thank you again, I’m beyond grateful.

– VapeTheBud

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Cannabis Review: Bakerstreet (Hindu Kush) by Tweed

Not The Nostalgia I Was Seeking

Bakerstreet (Hindu Kush) was a favourite of mine when I was a registered medical patient with Spectrum Therapeutics, previously called Spectrum Cannabis and before that Tweed to medical patients. I wanted to see if improvements were made since I left them, unfortunately things haven’t changed for the better. This product is also on the retail market at higher prices at the time of writing.

 

Potency and Packaging

One would assume 20% THC is quite potent but the quality of the flower was poor. Please read the section further down as I explain why. Small amounts of CBD were present but not worth mentioning the value. 

This was packaged on April 15 2019 and purchased September 7, with the review being done on September 12. Just over 150 days passed before opening the container. 

 

Price and Shipping

The price on the Spectrum Therapeutics website was $9 per gram plus tax. Shipping was $4 flat with Canada Post or $8 with Purolator.

An additional provincial duty of $1.23 was added since I live in Ontario, this amount will vary depending on the province or territory you live in.

 

Smell and Appearance

The aromas haven’t changed since I last tried Bakerstreet in June 2017. Earthy, musty and slight notes of fuel, reminded me of an army surplus store or a damp basement. 

I wasn’t impressed by the flower at all visually, from a distance the flower looks okay, up close it didn’t look great. Trichomes were mostly amber and the colour of the flower was brown and had dull yellows with light greens. The flower was dry and crispy and the use a humidity pack came in handy, at my expense. Also, many of the buds were mostly small, some smaller than the size of a popcorn.

Consumption Methods

I didn’t bother smoking this and consumed exclusively in my vaporizer. Each session was seven to eight minutes at 175C (347F), I tried going higher but the vapour became harsh and irritated my throat. 

With a water adapter attached to my vape I managed to get to 190C (374F), however irritation occurred and preferred the lower temperature as noted above. 

 

Effects

The only positive thing I will say about this experience was the pain relief was good, which is why I love Hindu Kush. Other notable effects were a mild head high, slight dry mouth and increased appetite.

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120 minutes and found the best time to consume in the evening.

 

Terpenes

A basic terpene chart was available on the licensed producer website with myrcene being the dominant terpene at 68%. The secondary terpene being pinene at 22% and a couple others with values under 5%.

 

Recommendation

At $9 a gram you’re better off with a better quality product elsewhere. This is the last Tweed product I’ll ever buy unless major improvements are made and wouldn’t recommend it at all. The price is too high for the lack of quality and at one time this was $6 a gram which was slightly more appropriate. 

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Keats (White Walker Kush) by Broken Coast Cannabis.

Cannabis Review: Rockstar Kush by JWC

Nighttime Kush After A Rockstar Day

You could say I’m a fan of Kush varieties, Rockstar Kush was my 26th. 

 

Potency

I would consider this a high potency product with 20.16% THC and negligible amounts of CBD. This was packed on August 2 2019, a day after purchase. August was a busy month for me and didn’t get around to reviewing this until September 3rd.

 

Price and Shipping

The price varies on amounts bought from $8 to $12 per gram. I paid $10 a gram plus tax since I bought 5 grams off the JWC medical website.

Shipping was free with Canada Post or Purolator as my total order was over $150, otherwise it would’ve been $10 flat.

 

Smell and Appearance

Pungent earths and pine aromas were noticeable upon opening the container. The buds weren’t the largest and only a couple were the size of a ping pong ball, with the rest popcorn sized.

Glittering like a rockstar on stage, these plump green buds showed light orange pistils across the abundant trichomes. No humidity pack was needed to restore the moisture balance.

 

Consumption Methods

Primarily using the Mighty vaporizer with varying temperatures, I found the best temperatures were around 170C (338F) to 195C (383F). Most of my sessions were around seven to eight minutes and held 0.25 grams of cannabis each time.

 

Effects

After consuming 0.25g in my vaporizer, I found great pain relief and relaxation being the primary effects for me. I preferred this potent cultivar at night as I experienced the “heavy head” feeling and after having a few sessions of this in a row, it made me sleepy. 

Duration of effects lasted around 90 to 120  minutes

 

Terpenes

The terpene profile listed on the JWC website noted b-Caryophyllene being the dominant terpene at 31.92%. b-Ocimene 16.51% and b-Pinene 12.02% as secondary terpenes, and quite a few others making up the content below 11%.

 

Recommendation

I would buy it again but preferred other cultivars over Rockstar Kush. Maybe next time I’ll buy 15 grams and see how big the buds are, as larger containers generally have better sized flower.   

Thanks for reading, my next write up is Bakersteet (Hindu Kush) by Tweed.

Licensed Producer Tour & Review: James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC)

This is my first licensed producer review, I’ll be making note of the things that matter to me when choosing one, and highlighting where companies are doing a great job and noting where changes could be made to provide better products or services to patients.

Choosing a licensed producer is never an easy task, I’ve seen some cannabis reviews and talk on social media about James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWC) and decided to switch half my prescription to them at the end of June 2019.

 

Pricing that makes sense and free shipping

The cheapest per gram of dried flower that JWC offers is $7 when buying 30 grams of ChemDawg, with tax that’s $237.10 in Ontario for just over an ounce. While ordering less grams of the same cultivar for example does cost more, in the case of five grams, the cost would be $9 plus tax. It sounds a little confusing, but makes sense, buy more, save more. I do wish companies who use this method of pricing to extend the discount in some way when ordering 30 grams overall in an order.

Shipping is free with Canada Post or Purolator if the total order is over $150, otherwise its $10 flat. Orders generally ship within one business day, delivery times vary but since I live close usually one to two business days until it makes way to the local post office.


Selection is key

As of September 2019 there were 10 dried flower varieties, three oil options, and dozens more arriving down the road. It’s important to have a good selection as I find rotating my choices around keeps cannabis effective, rather than my body getting use to the same cultivar over and over.

 


Quality of the flower

I’ve consumed eight products from JWC since the end of June, the quality of the flower was excellent each and every order and didn’t require a humidity pack to bring the moisture balance back. This is exactly what I expect from a licensed producer that delivers high quality cannabis.

 

Packaged just right

Too many times I’ve received dried cannabis flower that was packed over six months ago with other licensed producers (LPs) and many consumers I’ve spoken to on social media having similar fates, which leads me to advise that JWC packages their cannabis when an order comes in, which is probably one of the reasons why their flower isn’t dried out and fresh every time.

 

Excise Tax & Compassion Pricing

When the Cannabis Act went into force an excise tax was introduced, many licensed producers have absorbed that cost for medical patients and JWC is one of those companies. Also to those with an annual income of less than $25,000, a 15% discount is given with proof (usually this is a Notice of Assessment or other government issued documentation).

 

 

Terpenes matter

Under each cultivar on their website is a link to a “Strain Profile”, this shows what terpenes and cannabinoids are present and helps consumers draw possible conclusions as to what worked and what didn’t for them. For instance, Rockstar Kush has Caryophyllene as their dominant terpene, while White Russian is Pinene dominant, there’s a high chance you’ll likely feel different from each of these and may prefer one over another.

 

What can be changed or improved

Okay, I’ve said A LOT of positive things so far, what could be changed or improved. Once you log into the website to make your purchase those “Strain Profiles” are no longer there, adding those links within the webstore when logged in would be great!

That’s it. I would throw in that I hate the wide mouth containers, but those are already in the process of being changed later this year.

How I got a tour

It started with a Twitter joke Cory Philion (@c_philion) made originally about us going together on a tour, someone I never met but had casual online conversations with. A few weeks later JWC had a contest for a branded hat, and I made a comment, “A tour would be nice too”, and Laura Foster, Chief Compliance Officer at James E. Wagner, asked me to direct message and it was set from there.

 


The tour experience

Last month I went on my first tour of a cannabis facility, and I must say I’ve never seen that many cannabis plants in my life, it was unreal. Nathan and Laura were my tour guides for the next two and a half hours, I asked some questions and learned a bit on the business of cannabis. Also, no soil plants here, JWC only uses aeroponics to grow cannabis, and as JWC puts it, “Aeroponics is a plant-cultivation technique in which the roots hang suspended in the air while being periodically misted with nutrients and water.” 

I enjoyed walking the halls of the connected rooms in my marshmallow-like suit, the environment was really clean and made me feel happy knowing this is where I get my medicine from.

 


After reading the recent
AMA on Reddit that Nathan Woodworth, CEO of JWC took part in, I’m excited to hear their that JWC is currently working with provincial retailers to bring its products to the recreational market in the coming months.

Thanks for reading and big thanks to Nathan and Laura for taking the time out of their day to show me how a cannabis company works day to day. 


Next up will be a review on JWC’s Rockstar Kush.